Liquid Sky


Liquid Sky

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A glitzy updating of Andy Warhol's Trash with aliens, this campy, stylish, but ultimately depressing film is one of the most keenly observed portraits of New York's early '80s downtown new wave scene. Anne Carlisle, who co-wrote the script, is terrific in a dual role as the wan lesbian Margaret and her arrogant gay nemesis, Jimmy. Tiny space aliens see Margaret shooting up and choose her to feed their heroin-like addiction to a substance produced in the human brain during sexual climax. Her partners end up vaporized, but since most of them treat her like dirt, Margaret doesn't mind. Meanwhile, a German scientist (Otto von Wernherr) has been tracking the plate-sized alien craft and observes it from the apartment of a horny Jewish woman (Susan Doukas); all the while, he is oblivious to her comic frustration and increasingly blatant sexual advances. Despite the sci-fi elements, considerable humor, cool music, and a gorgeous production design, this is really a film about desperation and ugliness. Other than Von Wernherr and Doukas -- who are outside the punk scene -- the characters all loathe themselves and treat each other horribly. Most of their sex involves rape, and when they die, each seems to be better off. Perhaps the bitter aftertaste of this film explains why it never really caught on as a midnight movie, but it is a dark gem and well worth seeing.


Anne Carlisle
as Margaret/Jimmy
Elaine C. Grove
as Katherine
Lloyd Ziff
as Lester
Jack Adalist
as Vincent
Harry Lum
as Deliveryman
Alan Preston
as Photographer
Zora Kerova
as Designer
Christine Hatfull
as Hairstylist
Calvin Haugen
as Makeup Artist
Deborah Jacobs
as Designer's Assistant
as Designer's Assistant
Tom Cote
as Photographer's Assistant
David Ilku
as Designer's Boyfriend
Neke Carson
as Club Manager
Jenifer Chang
as Model in Fashion Show
Vincent Pandoliano
as Model in Fashion Show
Benjamin Liu
as Model in Fashion Show
as Model in Fashion Show
as Model in Fashion Show
Marcel Fieve
as Make-up Artist
Perry Iannaconi
as Hair Stylist
Rodger Martencen
as Hair Stylist
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Critic Reviews for Liquid Sky

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  • It's punk sci-fi, black comedy executed at the level of a vicious high-fashion comic strip; yet it rises above its banalities and leaves an imprint.

    Apr 27, 2018 | Full Review…

    Jay Carr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • The film might sound ludicrous, and it is often funny - intentionally - but it's impassioned rather than some grim joke.

    Apr 10, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Liquid Sky is an odd, yet generally pleasing mixture of punk rock, science fiction, and black humor.

    Apr 11, 2007 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • Anne Carlisle, who stars as both the model and her creepy male counterpart, projects a disturbing and original aura of opaque, ingrained despair.

    Apr 11, 2007 | Full Review…
  • A bizarre, often hilarious melee of weird drugs, weird sex and off-the-wall camp SF.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • [This] film, with a heroine who is sometimes a hero and who is apt to show up in a red corset with matching red-and-blond skunk hairdo, can hardly be for everyone. But the right audiences are bound to appreciate the originality displayed here.

    Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/5

Audience Reviews for Liquid Sky


This was meant to appeal to that warhol-ish, "fuck me, im original." crowd. but if this was a book, and it looks like it might have been, then it wouldn't be very shocking at all since the characters talk like the kids in the hall in one of their bitchy, whatever sketches. your brain has to have a hole in it big enough to shove applesauce into with a wooden spoon if you have any hope of knowing what the fuck the movie means. anyway, its nice and pretty. and original and shit... once you see it you'll realize "oh, so Lady Gaga DID'NT come up with the idea for those ugly stupid costumes?"

Coxxie Mild Sauce
Coxxie Mild Sauce

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Completely bizarre disjointed collection of psychedelic scenes can't even really be called a film at least in the narrative sense.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


A bit too many rape scenes for my taste, otherwise I would've given this a full three stars. The theme song was awesome.

vieras esine
vieras esine

Super Reviewer

AMAZING on SO many levels. Costumes that will bring to mind the results of "Project Runway" had they created it in the 80's. A sountrack that will blow your mind (and your Casiotone). And orgasmic seeking aliens! What more could you as for?

Robert C
Robert C

Super Reviewer

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